An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

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An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby [Steve] on Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:32 pm

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Phil Co, a level designer at Valve has been kind enough to answer a ton of questions especially for us at Interlopers.

The interview covers a huge variety of topics including what it’s like working for Valve, designing Portal 2’s boss fight and Phil’s general workflow as a level designer.

A huge thanks to Phil for taking time out from his busy schedule to do this and for giving us such detailed and awesome answers, and a big thanks to Valve for letting this happen!

Read the full interview.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby marnamai on Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:56 pm

wow, definitely reading this !
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby SM Sith Lord on Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:19 pm

Awesome stuff. Painting over the actual brushwork screenshots is brilliant, I am going to start doing that. Much more accurate than redrawing the whole scene on paper.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Garrador on Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:56 pm

Nice! Great interview. Was a good coffee read ;)

Thanks.

PS: More of these. Very fun to read. See if you can get a hold of Alexander Roycewicz for an interview. I know he has been passing through here at some point long ago.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Knights on Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:47 pm

Great interview.. Love reading these types of subjects.... :smt023
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby MaK on Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:28 pm

This is really great Steve. It feels like its been years since Interlopers has done an exclusive interview, let alone getting a hold of somebody at Valve. That's super awesome.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Armageddon on Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:59 pm

That was a really great article. Good job on this Steve. I especially liked the part about brushes never dying.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Hollow on Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:07 am

Yeah I was pleasantly surprised to see this appear on the home page. very informative & interesting read. So kudos to you getting this set up and to Phil for being such an awesome guy and providing a lot of cool behind-the-scenes insights to life at Valve.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby [Steve] on Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:17 pm

:-D
Thanks guys, I have been away the last week so only just seen your replies.
Glad you all enjoyed it, was great fun for me to do. I plan to do a few more of these in the future so feel free to suggest people I should try contact or questions you would like me to ask.
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Generalvivi on Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:44 pm

Good shit. :[]:
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Re: An exclusive interview with Valve level designer Phil Co

Postby Black_Stormy on Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:07 pm

Great read. I liked the stuff more generally directed at how he did stuff at valve more than the questions about the specific design decisions. The insight into working is more interesting to me than trying to pry secret details out of valve. I think they would appreciate that more as well. Fuck am I making any sense?
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